Does it seem like Small Pieces Loosely Joined applies to this artifact you found? Why or why not?
Yes. The idea of broadening our internet access and our technology advancement rapidly, thanks to people who considered what will be the next steps in this process, was shown. It was doubted that technology was going to be advanced, like Small Pieces Loosely Joined explained, but they defied all odds. I remember hearing my mom talk about how different it was when she first started her job (in the 80’s) to now, always using her computer instead of mailing papers, writing, and faxing. It is crazy to think that the 80’s wasn’t that long ago, and how fast things have changed in the digital world, but especially the internet. This gave us a glimpse of what it was like to be on the internet when it first started up. Our older siblings, aunts, uncles, and parents probably remember this time of their life!
Artifact: Nintendo Game Boy – 1989
At the time, the Nintendo Game Boy was one of the most advanced gaming systems. At this time, the gaming devices were either big, bulky consoles that hooked up to your big, bulky Television or arcade games. Shifting from a time where there were no handheld/portable gaming devices, this was a game changer.. See what I did there?
The term “portable” and “gaming devices” didn’t even have a relationship at that point in time. The thought of being able to take a gaming device on the road, to school, to the store, etc, was a revolution.
In the early 2000’s, our generation was into the Nintendo DS. Now, we have Nintendo switches, that hook up to both the tv and are portable. But, do we even need these, when we have our cell phones and can download a game at the tap of a screen?
Here is a link to a 1989 commercial I found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-ej_8XBwmI